Oops, I did it again…This phrase, which is famous because of a song by Britney Spears, could perfectly describe what happened in the second British Superbikes race that took place at Donington Park. After winning Race 1, Bradley Ray led Race 2 from the first till the last lap. The 20-year-old Buildbase Suzuki rider won in front of Leon Haslam e Dan Linfoot, while the reigning Champion Shane Byrne crossed the line in fifth place.
START – After the rain, the track got dryer and dryer and many riders decided to start the race on slick tyres. As the red lights went out, Bradley Ray stayed in first position thanks to a very good start, while Dan Linfoot recovered till the second position by overtaking Shane Byrne e Glenn Irwin, who were later passed also by Leon Haslam. As the laps went by, Ray distanced Linfoot and Haslam.
HASLAM TRIED, BUT… – At the eighth of the 18 laps of the race, Leon Haslam took the second position by passing Linfoot at Fogarty Esses. “Pocket Rocket” tried to bridge the gap between him and Ray, but the Suzuki rider stayed in first position without making mistakes and at the chequered flag he crossed the line before all the others and won the race, while Haslam and Linfoot finished in second and third position.
5TH BYRNE – Behind the front trio, Danny Buchan got a very good 4th place after resisting to Shane Byrne’s recover. After the podium finish in Race 1, “Shakey” struggled a bit more in Race 2 and he could not do better than fifth, in front of Christian Iddon, Glenn Irwin, Luke Mossey, Jason O’Halloran e Michael Laverty, who crossed the line in the positions from the sixth till the tenth. Disappointing 11th place for Josh Brookes, far from the front group at his first weekend with McAMS Yamaha, while James Ellison e Peter Hickman did not finish the race because of crashes.
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